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Warriors after War

Indian and Pakistani Retired Military Leaders Reflect on Relations between the Two Countries, Past, Present and Future

by Richard J. Bonney (Volume editor) Trividesh Singh Maini (Volume editor) Tahir Javed Malik (Volume editor)
©2011 Edited Collection VIII, 377 Pages

Summary

The inspiration for this book arose from the opening of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus route on 7 April 2005, the first direct link between the two parts of divided Kashmir since 1947. The original impetus for change in the region arose not from politicians but from ex-military figures in Pakistan and India who had made a direct approach to the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD), an independent, not-for-profit organization in the United States headed by former US Ambassador John W. McDonald. Most of the twenty-six retired military figures from India and Pakistan interviewed in this book accept that with both countries possessing nuclear weapons since 1998, choosing war to resolve outstanding disputes is no longer a sensible or realistic option. They differ greatly, however, in their analysis of the opportunities and pathways towards a sustainable peace in South Asia, with the greatest divergence of views on the Kashmir dispute. The material contained in the interviews is enhanced with biographical and other notes, along with a comprehensive introduction and conclusion. The detailed Appendices provide an analysis of religious-based extremist violence in Kashmir and Pakistan.

Details

Pages
VIII, 377
Year
2011
ISBN (PDF)
9783035301489
ISBN (Softcover)
9783034302852
DOI
10.3726/978-3-0353-0148-9
Language
English
Publication date
2011 (August)
Keywords
ex-military figures in Pakistan and India divided Kashmir Soviet War in Afghanistan nuclear weapons religious-based extremist violence in Kashmir and Pakistan
Published
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. VIII, 377 pp., 2 ill., 1 table

Biographical notes

Richard J. Bonney (Volume editor) Trividesh Singh Maini (Volume editor) Tahir Javed Malik (Volume editor)

Richard Bonney’s recent publications include Jihad: from Qur’an to Bin Laden (2004), False Prophets: the Clash of Civilizations and the Global War on Terror (Peter Lang, 2008) and Confronting the Nazi War on Christianity. The Kulturkampf Newsletters, 1936-9 (Peter Lang, 2009). Tahir Malik and Tridivesh Singh Maini previously collaborated in Humanity Amidst Insanity: Hope During and After the Indo-Pak Partition (2008).

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